A walk around popular cheap blockbuster spots at the Oriental Plaza at Block 8 in Gaborone, the station bus rank, and the main mall this week revealed that there was not a single Chinese movie or music DVD on the shelves.
Where the movies and music used to be, now there is local music and comedies. At the Maruapula shopping mall in Gaborone, the Chinese DVD shelves are also empty.
Workers at the various Chinese shops at the bus rank and the station say the shop owners were given until April to clear any fake DVDs and movies off the shelves.
Secretary general of the Botswana Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Miles Nan, says he is very happy at the latest development. He says they have been calling meetings and translating Botswana laws into Chinese so that the Chinese traders can understand the laws and stop doing illegal trade.
In conjunction with the registrar of companies, fliers written in Chinese were also distributed to Chinese traders warning them of the repercussions of breaking the law. "In the past, the problem has been the language, so the Chinese traders did not know about the laws. It takes time, but we try to do our best.
In future we will visit the traders again and see if they continue to abide by the Botswana laws".
Nan has asked the government to communicate with the Chinese traders in a language they understand.
Copyright administrator at the Registrar of companies, Staffnurse Lesetedi Keothepile, also praised the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for what she said is "a sterling role
in driving the message to fellow traders".
Keothepile says after it emerged that the Chinese traders were flooding the market with fake DVDs and music, they involved the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, which started communicating with fellow Chinese traders, especially leading distributors at the Oriental Plaza.
The registrar of companies, Oteng Batlhoki, says it was through the involvement of Nan and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce that they learnt of a very important Chinese trader who supplies the shops with fake DVDs and CDs.
Once the distributor started cooperating with authorities, no movie or music stock was distributed to the shops.
Keothepile says the Chinese distributor now understands that he will be in trouble if he continues to distribute music and movies without the hologram, a copyright mark that is a mark of authenticity introduced by the registrar of companies late last year.
The registrar says a press release on the sale and use of the hologram was translated into Chinese and posted on the website of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce as most Chinese cannot speak English.
"The letter was also distributed to Chinese shops countrywide.
They are now refusing to accept or buy musical works and movies which do not have the hologram". The copyright office says as a result of this awareness campaign, they have seen an increase in the sale and use of the hologram.
The Chinese traders started flooding the local market with fake movies and CDs mid 2000, resulting in many movie outlets closing down as customers decided to get the movies at bargain prices.